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"Sarah's Key" could bring Kristin Scott Thomas back into the fold after she missed out on a nod two years ago for "I've Loved You So Long."
"Sarah's Key" could bring Kristin Scott Thomas back into the fold after she missed out on a nod two years ago for "I've Loved You So Long."
Credit: The Weinstein Company

Weinstein looks to get Kristin Scott Thomas in the conversation with 'Sarah's Key' re-release

The film will hit theaters again right in the middle of awards season

The Weinstein Company will have a busy November this year. Recently it was announced that the "My Week with Marilyn" will be released wide later in the month to capitalize on Thanksgiving audiences, while festival sensation "The Artist" finally hits the marketplace in limited release around the same time.

"Marilyn" will certainly give the company plenty to work with in the Best Actress arena, as Michelle Williams's performance as Marilyn Monroe has been high on the buzz meter since the film's New York Film Festival debut. But it seems they want a little more muscle in the category, as plans have been announced to re-release "Sarah's Key" on 300 screens tomorrow in advance of its November 22 DVD/Blu-ray release.

The film features a leading performance from Kristin Scott Thomas that has been lurking on the outside of our Contenders page for the field for a few weeks now. There has always been some rumblings within that she could make a play, but this move certainly seems to indicate an aggressive attempt to re-insinuate it in the conversation, no matter how tight the lead actress field may be.

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<p>Peter Sarsgaard really is buried in there underneath all that makeup in &quot;Green Lantern.&quot;</p>

Peter Sarsgaard really is buried in there underneath all that makeup in "Green Lantern."

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Tech Support: Best Makeup could go its own way, from 'Green Lantern to 'The Iron Lady'

Other possibilities include 'Captain America,' 'Harry Potter' and 'J. Edgar'

Ah, Best Makeup.

I always say that this is without doubt one of the most difficult categories to predict, year in and year out. While very broad trends can be observed, every year seemingly sure things do not make the bake-off (a list of seven finalists announced before the field is narrowed down to three on nomination morning), and even when they do, there are often shocking snubs among the final nominees. Last year’s omission of “Alice in Wonderland” immediately jumps to mind, for instance.

All that having been said, some titles do seem more plausible than others. The kind of work that tends to find favor here includes extensive prosthetics, effective aging makeup, creation of monsters and transformative effects. Period films take a disproportionate share of the nominations.

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<p>David Lee Roth</p>

David Lee Roth

UPDATED: Who is the secret act joining Lady Gaga at the Grammy Nominations Concert?

See our guess below, plus: Sugarland and Lupe Fiasco jump on the bill

So is it Van Halen? That’s our guess. A very cryptic message from The Recording Academy, the folks who bring you the Grammys, came out today, announcing more acts for the line-up for The Grammy Nominations Concert Live. The hour-long program airs Nov. 30, live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater, and, in addition to announcing nominations for the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards, the special will feature appearances by a number of acts.

Added to the previously named Lady Gaga and Jason Aldean are Ludacris, Lupe Fiasco and Sugarland (we wonder if we’re in for a reprise of Ludacris joining Aldean for the rap on “Dirt Road Anthem?”)

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<p>Play-by-play man Brent Musberger stopped by &quot;Happy Endings&quot;&nbsp;last night.</p>

Play-by-play man Brent Musberger stopped by "Happy Endings" last night.

Credit: ABC

'Happy Endings' - 'Lying Around': Staycation, all I ever wanted

Brent Musberger and Fred Savage play themselves, while Max and Dave shoot a commercial

Ordinarily, this is when I'd be doing a morning round-up of recent programming, but the freak October snowstorm has had a kind of cascade effect, and the only Wednesday night show I've been able to see so far is "Happy Endings." I'll try to check back in "Suburgatory," et al next week, but in the meantime, a quick "Happy Endings" review coming up just as soon as I barter for my outfit using only illegal Mexican candy...

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<p>Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes at this morning's &quot;Skyfall&quot; press conference in London.</p>

Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes at this morning's "Skyfall" press conference in London.

Credit: AP Photo/Joel Ryan

New Bond pic 'Skyfall' begins shooting in London

Sam Mendes directs golden-anniversary entry in spy franchise

"This is a bit of an odd press conference," director Sam Mendes admitted at this morning's swish London media gathering to cut the ribbon on production of the 23rd and latest James Bond film. "Usually at these things, you have something you can talk about."

He wasn't kidding. With producers Michael J. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, plus stars Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Juli Dench, Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe, Mendes rocked up at the ballroom of Whitehall’s plush Corinthian Hotel – a venue one suspects Bond himself would choose – to tell us… well, not very much at all. Actors confirmed, but not present, include Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw: no surprise that Mendes’s Bond movie looks on course to be the luvviest one yet.

One journalist’s question after another was shut down with a slightly sheepish smile and a “maybe, maybe not” response. The one major nugget of information they had intended to reveal today had long been cracked open by the internet: “Introducing the world’s worst-kept secret,” Wilson said rather ruefully, as the film’s confirmed title, “Skyfall,” flashed onto the screen behind him. What does it mean? They can’t tell us, of course. It has “an emotional context,” offered Broccoli, reassuringly.

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<p>They're heeeerrreee... Wait, wrong movie.</p>

They're heeeerrreee... Wait, wrong movie.

Credit: Universal Pictures

Oscarweb Round-up: 'Close Encounters' for the first time in a long time

Also: Profiling Leo at the Gray Lady and the Academy toasts Pierre Étaix

Nathaniel Rogers points out that Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" turns the arbitrary age of 34 this month. On the occasion, he put the ole' Blu-ray in and gave it a first look in a great many years. I, too, recently revisited the film for the first time in a LONG time (as a double feature with "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" at the New Beverly Theater here in Los Angeles). It really is, to my mind, one of the directors top four or five efforts, and I look forward to re-watching most of his stuff soon as we'll be dedicating a December installment of The Lists to the best he's had to offer over the decades. [The Film Experience]

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<p>Rihanna and friend in &quot;We Found Love&quot; video</p>

Rihanna and friend in "We Found Love" video

Rihanna finds her 11th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 'We Found Love'

The chart doesn't suck for Kelly Clarkson as 'Mr. Know It All' surges

Rihanna found not only love, but her way to the top, once again, as “We Found Love” becomes the artist’s 11th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song, featuring Calvin Harris, displaces Adele’s “Someone Like You” at the top. In reaching the summit again, she becomes the seventh artist in the 53-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to chart 11 No. 1s. She’s in good company: the other artists are the Beatles, who lead all acts with 20; Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Madonna, the Supremes, and Whitney Houston, according to Billboard.

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<p>Neil Patrick Harris discuses reprising his role as &quot;NPH&quot;&nbsp;in &quot;A&nbsp;Very Harold &amp;&nbsp;Kumar 3D&nbsp;Christmas&quot;&nbsp;and the prospects of hosting the Academy Awards.</p>

Neil Patrick Harris discuses reprising his role as "NPH" in "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas" and the prospects of hosting the Academy Awards.

Neil Patrick Harris is actively anti-campaigning to host the Oscars

The 'HIMYM' and 'Harold & Kumar' star talks awards show hosting and more

How do you campaign for the Oscars without actually campaigning?  As Billy Crystal found out this summer, throwing yourself out there as a candidate for Hollywood's biggest night isn't seen necessarily as a positive. Even if you're the legendary Billy Crystal.  The Academy and the show producers don't want to be pressured into picking a host and believe an element of surprise in picking the emcee actually means something to the general public (I know, they may be over thinking it a tad).  After Anne Hathaway and James Franco's disastrous run last February, lots of familiar names were thrown about as potential hosts for the 85th installment of the big show next year.  One of those names seriously suggested, for arguably the first time, was none other than Neil Patrick Harris.

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<p>Lisa of 'America's Next Top Model'</p>
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Lisa of 'America's Next Top Model'

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Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' - 'Game'

The girls write songs and then perform in the videos for those songs

You may have heard that we're in for a very special musical episode of "America's Next Top Model." This promises to be classy as hell.

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<p>Cochran of &quot;Survivor: South Pacific&quot;</p>
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Cochran of "Survivor: South Pacific"

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Recap: 'Survivor: South Pacific' - 'Double Agent'

Would Ozzy's big gamble pay off?
Pre-credit sequence. "You just witnessed 'Survivor' history," Cochran celebrates as Team Formerly Ozzy returns to camp. Nobody else is nearly as excited by Ozzy's gamble and they're all sitting around the fire rationalizing their decision. Keith is especially grumbling, grunting something about how he doesn't live his life with other people fighting his battles, as if what Ozzy had done was all about Cochran, rather than Ozzy's own bloated sense of self-worth. "Prepared to be the villain?" Keith asks. Cochran, intrigued by the chance to play a double-agent, insists he is and he's so ready to be the bad guy that he paraphrases "Scarface." "First you get the egomaniac returning player voted out. Then you get his Idol. Then you get the million dollars," Cochrane says, not even bothering with a subpar Pacino.
 
Full recap of Wednesday's (November 2) "Survivor" after the break...
 
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"Top Chef"

 "Top Chef"

Credit: Bravo

Recap: 'Top Chef' - 'Everything's Bigger in Texas'

Padma, Tom and Gail take a bite out of the first 29 contestants

As you probably already know, this edition of "Top Chef" is going to be supersized -- and not just because the chefs will be galavanting around the great state of Texas. Twenty-nine chefs will compete for the 16 "real" slots on the show -- in the first challenge. In other words, don't get attached to anyone. In a recent interview, judge Tom Colicchio said he felt this mega-challenge actually improved the show, and I'm inclined to agree. A chef knowing that he or she has almost a fifty-fifty chance of being knocked out immediately clearly amps up the tension, plus this gives candidates who might look good (or not so good) on paper a chance to show what they can do under fire, so to speak. I hope this is a tweak they stick with. Now, putting Emeril "Bam" Lagasse on the judges' table, that I'm not as sure about, but I'll try to keep an open mind. 

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<p>Evan Peters as Tate on &quot;American Horror Story.&quot;</p>

Evan Peters as Tate on "American Horror Story."

Credit: FX

'American Horror Story' - 'Halloween, Part 2': Smells like teen spirits

Tate gets a backstory, and the Harmon marriage reaches a turning point

Okay, we've come to the fifth episode of "American Horror Story," and the first one written by producer Tim Minear. Minear is good with story logic and character continuity, and I had hoped his script might provide a temporary counter-balance to how erratic Murphy and Falchuk tend to be in those areas. But "Halloween, Part 2" was largely of a piece with the four episodes that preceded it, with the Tate backstory seeming slightly more human than what was happening around it.

This is clearly not a show I'm going to enjoy, so I'm done. That said, a lot of you are either enjoying it, or at least enjoying discussing the ways in which the show frustrates you, so the plan for now is to keep doing weekly talkback posts each week, possibly with some suggested questions from Fienberg (who will continue to watch). We'll see how that works.

What did everybody else think?

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